The average annual snowfall for Sub-Saharan Africa is a paltry 0.01 inches – less than half a millimeter. This is nowhere near enough to create the alpine conditions needed to participate in a winter sports event like cross-country skiing, bobsleighing, alpine skiing or skeleton.
Yet, this has never been a deterrent for African countries like Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, Madagascar and Cameroon who have all at some point since 1984, sent athletes to participate at the Winter Olympics.
As Africa’s enchantment with the winter spectacle continues, DStv customers will enjoy a decidedly warmer viewing experience to this year’s Winter Olympics being hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea where Nigeria and Uganda are set to make their debuts.
The 2018 Winter Olympics gets underway on Friday, February 9 and will be broadcast live on DStv across four dedicated SuperSport channels: SS11; SS12 and the soon-to-be launched pop-up channels; SS13 and SS14.
DStv customers will witness history in the making when the Nigerian trio of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga twist their way round the PyeongChang ice track in a bobsled for the first time while Ghana’s Akwasi Frimpong will roll down the ice track head first in the skeleton.
These events will air on SS11, SS12, and SS13 available to all active DStv Premium, Compact+, Compact and Family customers plus SS14 which will also be available on the DStv Access package. SuperSport 11 and 12 will air in high definition (HD) while SS13 and SS14, the designated as the 24-hour Olympics news channel, will be standard definition (SD).
SuperSport 11 will kick off its broadcast on Monday, February 5 with build-up content (archive footage from previous Winter Olympics games). The channel will also carry the opening ceremony on Friday, February 9th from 1pm CAT. The Olympics news channel, SS14, goes live on Wednesday, February 7 from 05.00am CAT. The launch for SS12 and SS13 is set for Thursday, February 8 from 02.00am CAT.
All four channels will also be available on the digital platforms, the DStv Now Mobile App and website and the SuperSport website for customers to enjoy the live Winter Olympics chills and thrills on-the-go! Select events not carried on the four dedicated channels will be aired across various SuperSport channels, space permitting.
To enjoy the Winter Olympics as well as an enhanced entertainment offering on DStv, get an DStv Explora to record, pause and rewind live TV and stay up to date with daily highlights of medal ceremonies plus record-breaking performances on the CatchUp service. A daily one-hour English highlights package will be available on SS Maximo 1 (available on DStv Bue and Grande+) while GOtv customers will also be treated to a piece of the action with Winter Olympics news and highlights on Select 3 – available to GOtv Plus and GOtv Max customers.